STREETWISE
1984, Janus Films, 91 min, USA, Dir: Martin Bell

Seattle, 1983. Taking their camera to the streets of what was supposedly America’s most livable city, filmmaker Martin Bell, photographer Mary Ellen Mark and journalist Cheryl McCall set out to tell the stories of those society had left behind: homeless and runaway teenagers living on the city’s margins. Born from a Life magazine exposé by Mark and McCall, STREETWISE follows an unforgettable group of at-risk children - including iron-willed 14-year-old Tiny, who would become the project’s most haunting and enduring face, along with the pugnacious yet resourceful Rat and the affable drifter DeWayne - who, driven from their broken homes, survive by hustling, panhandling and dumpster diving.


THE STORY OF GOD WITH MORGAN FREEMAN
2019, National Geographic, 47 min, USA,

Who is the devil? Where do visions come from? Can performing rituals bring us closer to God? National Geographic explores the ways humanity has sought and received faith throughout our history in season three of the Emmy-nominated hit series THE STORY OF GOD WITH MORGAN FREEMAN. The series again takes viewers on an interfaith journey around the globe, traveling to 30 different cities of historical and anthropological importance, including Jerusalem, Kathmandu, Jericho, Rome, Bethlehem, Paris, Prague, Hanoi, Toronto and Lourdes. THE STORY OF GOD takes an expansive look at religions celebrated around the world, exploring practices that date back thousands of years before the Common Era, as well as new denominations founded less than 100 years ago, and interviewing believers of many faiths including Christians, Jews, pagans, druids, Muslims, Hindus, Jains, animists, Buddhists and agnostics.


HOSTILE PLANET
2019, National Geographic, 47 min, USA, Dir: Sophie Morgan

This is not your mother’s nature series! The six-part HOSTILE PLANET draws attention to the most extraordinary - almost supernatural - accounts of animals that have adapted to the cruelest evolutionary curveballs. Hosted by survivalist and adventurer Bear Grylls, HOSTILE PLANET zooms in on the world’s most extreme environments to reveal the animal kingdom’s epic stories of survival on this fast and continuously changing planet. This is a drama told in an intimate manner with innovative camera technology and a lens that captures several first-ever behaviors. Each titular episode spotlights a unique environment – mountains, oceans, grasslands, jungles, deserts and polar – to navigate the brutal conditions endured by some of the most complex, unrelenting and awe-inspiring species on the planet. As animals face an overwhelming host of challenges including punishing weather, intense competition for resources and constant predator-vs.-prey conflict, life still finds a way.


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